HEADLINE – Fired workers burn Indian executive to death


BHUBANESHWAR, India – Indian police briefly detained two people after an angry mob of fired workers burned to death a senior executive of a steel factory, an official said Friday.

After learning they were laid off so that the company could pay large bonuses to executives, 3,000 workers attacked a vehicle carrying a senior steel mill executive as he was leaving the factory in eastern Orissa state on Thursday, dousing the Jeep with gasoline and setting it on fire, said police Superintendent Ajay Kumar Sarangi.

“Who needs collective bargaining?” said angry factory worker Rhapee Kanasta. “You Americans really have no idea of how to deal with the abuse of corporate power,” Kanasta continued. “Here in India, if they go too far, we kill them.  No table negotiations. No Fair Labor Practices Board of Review. No complicated and expensive lawsuits. No strikes. No picketing. Just douse them in gasoline and burn them.”

“Oh yes, we can become very angry, indeed,” said fellow factory worker Sanje Ghupta.

Source: http://www.sify.com/finance/fired-workers-burn-indian-executive-to-death-news-news-ldhc4ijgcfe.html


13 Responses to “HEADLINE – Fired workers burn Indian executive to death”

  1. Greybeard Says:

    If someday it may happen that a victim must be found
    I’ve got a little list, I’ve got a little list
    Of society’s offenders who may well be underground
    And who never would be missed, they never would be missed.

    There’s Hedging Fund directors, Lehman Brothers and that sort
    And Bankers who retire in strings the minute they get caught
    Or those who have their noses pierced, or men who dye their hair
    Or idiots hosting chat shows and disc jockeys everywhere
    And customs men who fumbling through your underwear insist
    They’d none of them be missed, they’ll none of them be missed.

    He’s got them on a list, he’s got them on a list
    And they’d none of them be missed, they’ll none of them be missed.

    There’s people with pretentious names like Justin, Trish and Rob
    And the gynecologist, I’ve got him on the list
    Or muggers, joggers, buggers, floggers, people who play golf
    They never would be missed. They never would be missed.

    Or waitresses who make you wait, accountants of all kinds
    And actresses who kiss and tell and wiggle their behinds
    And poncy little singers who to entertain us try
    By dressing up as women and by singing far too high
    And who on close observance must be either stoned or pissed
    I don’t think they’d be missed, I’m sure they’d not be missed.

    He’s got them on a list, he’s got them on a list
    And they’d none of them be missed, they’ll none of them be missed.

    There’s the beggars who write letters from the Inland Revenue
    And the gossip columnist, I’ve got him on the list
    Comedians and weightlifters and opera singers too
    They’d none of them be missed, they’d none of them be missed.

    Or traffic cops & wankers, men who sell Venetian blinds
    Or people who wear silly ties, Americans of all kinds
    And nasty little editors whose papers are the pits
    Who fill their rags with gossip and with huge and floppy.. er.. wrists
    But anyway I think by now you must have got the gist
    They’d none of them be missed. They’ll none of them be missed.


  2. paulboylan Says:



  3. “Python’

    no i think it was Gilbert & Sulivan – The Mikado

    I wonder if Michigan’s Governor Snyder would be a little more conciliatory if he had more Indian union workers in his state?


  4. paulboylan Says:

    No, no. I know the lyrics to the songs in the Mikado (and there is nothing gay about that). What Greybeard posted includes additional lyrics that have the same cadence as lyrics written by Eric Idle. Hence my Python query.

    I don’t think Snyder would have been more conciliatory. He attempted to remove what has little value in the short and long run anyway. The point of the modified news story is that fighting for collective bargaining rights is like slaves rebelling for civil rights when they should be rebelling in order to obtain land [I paraphrase Malcolm X].


  5. Flinthart Says:

    You are without doubt the strangest Conservative I’ve ever chanced upon. And that’s sad, now I think about it, because there’s nothing inherent to Conservatism in respect of abuse of corporate power. Nevertheless, sir, it’s a pleasure – and I will be proud to join you on the barricades when the day comes that the masses finally realise they’d better get their act in gear before someone with money to invest realises what a potentially useful source of leather, tallow, and phosphate-rich fertiliser they are.


  6. Greybeard Says:

    PNB & Barnesm, you are both right.
    (And you are right.
    And we are right,
    And all is right, is right as right can be!)

    Mikado modified by Eric Idle, further modified by me for a post-GFC audience.


  7. I think the reason why Americans don’t take to the streets like in the story was articulated best by John Steinbeck: ”The (American) poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”


  8. paulboylan Says:

    Flinthart – American conservativism was born in the first American Revolution, and the single, most potent core value that powered that revolution was the need to live free. Conservatives fear “big government” because it unreasonably and unnecessarily limits the common man’s freedom. That fear shaped our form of government. And it worked to avoid political feudalism – where the few rule the many and the many are essentially slaves serving the few.

    But it only worked for a while. One of the very bitter ironies permeating modern America is the inescapable fact that the term “conservative” has been co-opted by people and powers that seek to impose an economic feudalism where the incredibly wealthy use corporate powers to essentially seize control of government in order to impose and protect an economic feudal system where the few are served by the many, who are essentially economic slaves, impoverished by cycles of economic boom and bust that favor a fraction of the population at the expense of everyone else. The stock market is a ponzi scheme designed to benefit those at the top, over and over and over again.

    And that is as wrong as our political and economic submission to the British back in 1776. And it is much more insidious because the system is designed so that the slaves actually think they are free and are convinced their interests lay in supporting the system that enslaves them.

    Believing this – knowing this – doesn’t make me a liberal. It makes me a traditionally conservative revolutionary patriot. I am already fighting on the barricade.

    Barnes – Yep. The American poor suffer from the firm belief that they are always on the edge of striking it rich. Amazing, ins’t it?


  9. Sign me up.


  10. As do the American middle class, paulboylan. And like the poor white trash sitting in the front of the bus in the once great deep south , they think the poor are the problem. Well, not all, of course.


  11. paulboylan Says:

    Don’t get me wrong, Janelle. The poor ARE the problem. However, unlike the so-called “conservatives” that currently believe being poor is a choice, a sign of moral inferiority, and that it is therefore proper, natural and just to let the poor live lives that are nasty, brutish and short, I believe that poverty is a disease that the commonwealth has an interest in curing because the fewer poor people there are, the better off we all are.

    However, I do not believe in social welfare/entitlement programs that actually do encourage the poor to stay poor and unproductive. Give a person to fish and they eat for a day. Teach that same person how to fish and they not only fish for a life time, but they become small business owners selling fish to the rest of us and advocating for conservation so that the product they sell will not disappear due to over fishing. It is win-win all around, now and in the future.

    If I were in charge, I would give grants to anyone who manifests an objectively identifiable desire to work hard, to better themselves and their families. People like that are worthy of public investment because that investment will be repaid a thousand times over for generations.


  12. As sophisticated, well read and brilliant as you are, you are also wonderfully naive. The poor are NOT the problem or a problem; they are people. Some work very hard, some are scoundrels and most are just like you working to make ends meet. For the very poor the ends frequently do not meet, or to make ends meet means a 24/7 struggle and always accepting something less, being grateful for what you have, knowing at any moment it could be very much worse.

    There has always been and I dare say there always will be poverty, but the poor are not the problem. And poor does not equal unproductive. The poor allow the middle class to enjoy a bit of the good life, whether it is by making our bed when we travel, working in the kitchens of our restaurants, or making in far away lands the wonderful goods we enjoy.

    The entitlement programs are not the problem, the unions are not the problem; although you and I could talk a long while and agree on many problems within the entitlement programs and unions. During that conversation you would hear the story of a woman who decided she and her children were safer on their own than with her poor alcoholic husband. A real estate agent told her she had too many children for him to find her housing she could afford and a social worker told her she would never get off welfare.

    She took the welfare check and found housing and a job; for two years her mother could not visit; only one sister knew where she was. The father, having lost his family moved on. The house, purchased with a GI loan, was rented to pay the mortgage until she felt certain he had in fact moved on.

    She was seen as a hero by many, and she was. But she was always poor. When the father fell victim to his illness at an early age she no longer had to fill out the monthly welfare paperwork or separate her cleaning supplies and TP at the market so she could pay for the food with food stamps; only the annual paperwork for social security and veterans’ administration were required. She could not have made ends meet without those entitlements. And she could not have afforded to take time off each year to can fruits, make jam, mend clothes, and even take a few family vacations if it were not for the union negotiated paid time off. And of course the doctor visits, hospital stays and orthodontist, she struggled to meet her portion of the payments, but how could she have done it without the union health plan?

    Your grants are well intentioned, but it is based on the idea of the “deserving poor.” The woman in the story would qualify, but what if she had not found a job, was not working, would she be part of the deserving poor? And, really isn’t this a system to decide who deserves to be poor and who deserves to be saved?

    Lack of resources is a problem, avarice is a problem, alcoholism is a problem, lack of jobs is a problem, greed is a problem, drug addiction is a problem, insensitivity is a problem, lack of money to pay the rent is a problem, over population is a problem, the concentration of wealth and power is a problem, the world is full of problems. The poor are not the problem.

    The U.S. middle class today is shrinking, like those at the front of the bus in the days of segregation, they have to decide whether to dream that someday they will not be on the bus, or realize that those in the back are not the problem.

    But hey, this little detail aside, I agree with you totally. And applaud and enjoy your work your work on the barricade.

    BTW, have you read Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart?


  13. IllexRaileDox Says:

    I want to have your babies.


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